West End Tavern
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 25
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.58/5 rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I was here on a Saturday night and it was packed. I was upstairs and there were probably 3 times as many people as seats. I didn't get to see the whole place, but it seemed to be overall a loud sports-centered tavern with a high proportion of students and early 20's patrons. There is space on the main floor with a large bar and tables, an upstairs area with another bar and more high tables, and rooftop/balcony areas. The beerfly info says that this place has 12 bottled beers, but when I was there it had nearly 40, including rarities from Avery and Great Divide, some Sierra Nevada, Stone, Breckenridge, Left Hand, Dog Fish Head, Jolly Pumpkin, (to name a few) and some Russian River bottles including Supplication. Be aware however that these bottles are priced very high, with some breaking the $30 point. There is also an impressive list of bourbon (maybe 40-50). I heard from others that the food is excellent and innovative, with fare such as fried chicken wrapped in waffles. The service was sparse and I hardly ever saw the waitress because of the crowd. At some times it was impossible to even walk around because there were people standing wall to wall. If you don't mind having to shout and stand, and love the younger crowd and lots of sports, this might be the place for you.
09-20-2010 14:23:33 | More by allforbetterbeer
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I go here a lot since it is near my house so I thought I should submit a review. This a a good little spot for a casual dinner or happy hour. They have a decent, although nothing too special, regular selection on tap and in bottles. But they seem to do a very good job of getting quality and interesting selections for their rotating taps. Last night I had the New Belgium Bierre de Mars from the Lips of Faith series and the West End was the first place I ever tried Pliny the Elder back in October of last year. The food is good too. They have good burgers and the ahi BLT is great. Don't miss the guacamole either. Finally, I have always found the staff to be terrific. They are friendly and will gladly let you sample every beer on tap if you'd like (though I've never asked them to try more than one or two). My biggest complaint is the bands they have on the deck. Maybe I'm just getting to be a crotchety old man, but that deck is just too small for the types of bands they sometimes have. Stick to acoustic singer/songwriters. I've seen many folks at happy hour get up and leave shortly after the band starts, not because the band is bad, but because it is just too loud in there. Anyway, if you're on or around west Pearl Street and want some good beers, the West End and the Kitchen are your best bets, but the West End won't cripple your wallet.
04-10-2009 14:41:41 | More by jkendrick
3.94/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This was the last stop of the night on our Boulder pub crawl. It's way down at the far end of Pearl Street, the part where pedestrian section only ends. (Side note: cool looking wine and chocolate tasting bar right next door, closed at night). Not that far of a walk though. Had an old fashioned bar vibe to it, lots of brick and dark wood and old school decoration. Very clean and comfortable. Long bar with lots of booths for larger parties. Service was very good. Our female bartender was also the beer manager, and also a huge fan of BA. Since it was slow, she was happy to "talk beer" and give us recommendations for the area. Selection was a bit small, but it was quality brews. They had on tap: Stone, Avery Brown, New Belgium Mothership, Lagunitas, and Avery Collaboration (very nice). She also showed us that they had one of the biggest selections of bourbons (six pappy van winkles etc) in the area. Not sure if they served food. This bar is well worth a stop if you are cruising around Pearl Street.
07-14-2008 23:51:03 | More by morebeergood
West End Tavern in Boulder, CO
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.